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« on: August 03, 2013, 10:21:03 AM »

Bodybuilding related, acromegalia = excess GH.
He'll be on the bench alot I suspect.



Greg Oden still needs some time to get ready for the rigors of playing in the NBA.

He no longer needs a new team, however.

The former No. 1 overall draft pick has chosen to sign with the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat, ending months of suspense over where the center whose career has been decimated by a series of knee problems would be attempting his comeback. The Heat were long perceived as the frontrunners to land Oden, and now have a 7-footer to help them try for a third straight title.

Mike Conley Sr., one of Oden's agents, said Friday night that the former Portland center accepted an offer worth about $1 million for this coming season and would have a player option for 2014-15.

''He just thought that it was the best fit for him, where he's at and especially for how it relates to him coming back,'' Conley said. ''He can be on a winning team and be working his way in slowly.''

The contract is expected to be formally signed early next week, Conley said.

''A 7-footer can help any team,'' Heat point guard Mario Chalmers said. ''They're hard to find. I've known Greg since our high school days, talked to him a couple of times about this and you just hope for the best.''

Oden told ESPN.com on Friday night that he still has ''a lot of work to do.''

And during their recruiting process, the Heat were obviously cognizant of that. Oden has not played in the NBA since fracturing his kneecap in a game on Dec. 5, 2009, but the Heat surely will not expect him to play big minutes right away, given that they are bringing back most of the rotation that won the last two league titles and will almost certainly be favored to win a third next season.

When meeting with Oden last month in Indianapolis, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra laid out what Miami's plans would be as far as potential roles and the former Ohio State star's ongoing rehabilitation, and whatever got said in that conversation resonated throughout the remainder of the decision-making process.

''The fact that Coach Spoelstra said all the right things, understood where he was at and what he wants, that impressed Greg quite a bit,'' Conley said.

Oden is the second No. 1 pick on the Heat roster, joining LeBron James, the top overall draft selection in 2003 and someone who developed quite an affinity for Oden's game when the center was at Ohio State. Oden wound up leaving college after one season, then was taken by Portland at the top of the 2007 draft.

It was a spectacular failure, thanks to an array of injuries. Oden played in just 82 games the equivalent of one full NBA season during his four-plus years in the Blazers' organization, averaging 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks on 58 percent shooting.

Oden's health issues have dogged him since he was drafted. Right knee microfracture surgery a procedure used to develop new, healthy cartilage ended what would have been his rookie season before it ever started. He made his long-awaited NBA debut on Oct. 28, 2008, and sprained his right foot in that game, sidelining him for two weeks.

His next major injury issue came in February of that season, when he chipped his left kneecap and missed about a month. Oden returned for the final 21 games of that season 15 before the playoffs, then six more in the postseason, when Portland was ousted by the Rockets.

He's played in a total of 21 games since, and the fractured kneecap in 2009 came just as he seemed to be hitting his best NBA stride. Another microfracture surgery awaited him in November 2010, and a third one was needed early in 2012, essentially ending his career with the Blazers. He was waived in March 2012.

''Time will tell,'' Heat president Pat Riley said earlier this summer, when asked if Oden could still be effective.

San Antonio, New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta and Sacramento also were believed to be seriously vying for Oden this summer, with a handful of other clubs expressing a lower level of interest.

''The scenario at San Antonio made sense for him also,'' Conley said. ''You have a coach there in Gregg Popovich that's used to bringing players back slowly and Tim Duncan to learn from. He was definitely impressed with Mark Cuban in Dallas and meeting him, and he's really good friends with (coach) Monty Williams at New Orleans. It wasn't cut and dry across the board for Miami.''

Still, the Heat won out, and did so at a bargain price.

Miami used the amnesty provision on Mike Miller last month, a move that could save the team more than $35 million in luxury-tax payments over the next two years. Oden likely could have gotten more money elsewhere, but the Heat have shown many times over the last three summers that they can get players to take less money in exchange for being part of a title-contending team.

''He wants to compete for championships,'' Conley said


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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2013, 10:38:09 AM »

Told ya so! Win Win for Heat!
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2013, 10:40:19 AM »

Told ya so! Win Win for Heat!

You did bro. You did.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2013, 11:55:32 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2013, 12:14:14 PM »

he'll pretend to be rehabbing/recovering all year.

he's fine or they woudln't have signed him.  They'll unveil him on valentine's day and ramp him up for the playoffs... They'll have him fresh and strong for the playoffs when the rest of the big men in the NBA are starting to slow down.

They are good enough to rest a decent center 3/4 of the season.  It's ALL about rest and ATP levels and youth/talent when the playoffs go deep.  As prepared as the Spurs were, as well as they played together - youth and talent outlasted them in the final minutes of game 7.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2013, 01:41:37 PM »

Was hoping the Heat would get him as it will be interesting seeing him on the same team as Lebron. He put us Portlanders through enough pain(should drafted Durant fella) so it's nice to see him end up somewhere.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2013, 01:42:04 PM »

  I hope he has a great year and helps the Heat win a three peat!!! I am a James fan.
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2013, 01:43:50 PM »

It's ALL about rest and ATP levels and youth/talent when the playoffs go deep.  As prepared as the Spurs were, as well as they played together - youth and talent outlasted them in the final minutes of game 7.


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